Furious Celtic fans react on Twitter to imminent Mark Warburton ban
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic fans have claimed unfair treatment by the Scottish Football Association on Twitter after Rangers manager Mark Warburton faces a one-match ban for directing offensive language to the referee.
The former Brentford boss confronted the official following his side’s 2-1 loss against Aberdeen on Saturday.
Following the manager’s outburst the Scottish FA revealed on their website on Wednesday that Warburton had been issued with a notice of complaint.
It states that the Ibrox boss has been offered a fixed suspension of one match and that Warburton has until Monday of next week to respond to the complaint.
However, some Celtic fans believe that a one-match suspension is too short, recalling when former boss Neil Lennon was handed a six-match ban in 2012 following a similar incident during a defeat to Heart
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Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@ScottishFA 1 match ban for warburton ? How about a 6 match ban like Lennon ? Or was there too many funny handshakes at that meeting ?
— liam christie (@big_lebo) September 28, 2016
Did Lennon no get a heavy massive ban for something similar to Warburton?
— Liam (@LiamUTLR) September 28, 2016
Lennon: Six-match ban
Warburton: One-match ban pic.twitter.com/lGGyBjDkGo
— Andrew (@_AndrewAngus) September 28, 2016
Misprint there, you seem to have put 1 match when the usual punishment for this is 6.
— Fosh (@foshtown) September 28, 2016
— CeltiCRa6⭐️-IAR???? (@CeltiCRab19671) September 28, 2016
Lennon was given 6! Why the leniency?
— Unofficial Celtic (@unofficialcelts) September 28, 2016
1 game ban, who cares about consistency, Fergus was right all those years ago SFA needs routed!
— Marty Bhoy (@martybhoy1979) September 28, 2016
Rangers returned to Scotland’s top flight, winning promotion last season after a four-year absence.
They would have been hoping to challenge their fierce rivals Celtic once again at the top of the table, but the Ibrox side currently sit in seventh place and seven points behind the Hoops.
The Old Firm rivals have also met in the new campaign already, where Celtic ran out a comfortable 5-1 victory.
They will face each other again on Sunday 23rd October after being drawn together in the Scottish League Cup semi-final clash.